Burlington New Millennium Orchestra

The Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO) is a professional orchestra comprised of highly respected musicians and talented soloists whose performances are comparable to those of the Canadian Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera and other leading orchestras.

Specializing in a broad-based non-classical repertoire, BNMO is genre crossing. Our repertoire feature Pops, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, and World Music, and many of the scintillating arrangements are penned personally by Conductor and Artistic Director Charles Cozens.

“Cozens is one of Canada’s premiere arrangers of all kinds of music, from symphony to rock’n’ roll.”
Hugh Fraser, The Hamilton Spectator
Re: The Nylons


To present unique concerts featuring high caliber performing artists from the local, national and international arts communities.


BNMO presents a fusion of cutting-edge digital music technology integrated with traditional instrumentation that redefines the concert-going experience.

Charles Cozens arms raised conducts the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra
Charles Cozens conducting the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra.

BNMO full symphonic orchestra rehearsing with The Nylons
Conductor and arranger Charles Cozens rehearsing for The Nylons farewell tour.

Randy Bachman with an arm on the shoulder of Charles Cozens
Randy Bachman and Charles Cozens of the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra.

Charles Cozens: Arranger, Composer, and Orchestrator

Charles Cozens is a true Renaissance Man of the Canadian music business. Highly acclaimed as an arranger, composer, and orchestrator for major Canadian artists, ensembles and orchestras, he is also an accomplished orchestral and theatrical conductor, pianist, accordionist, and CD producer.

He is best known for his compelling symphony shows, featuring his arrangements for full orchestra, performed by artists that include Sir Elton John, Randy Bachman, The Nylons, Mark Masri and more.

With over 100 CDs to his credit as composer, arranger, performer, conductor, and producer, he has been recognized by the International Conductors Guild as a leading expert on orchestral conducting in the recording environment.

In 2013, Maestro Cozens was the first Canadian invited to Cuba to conduct. Following his successful debut with the Orquestra de Villa Clara, he continues to conduct the orchestra on an annual basis.

Charles Cozens is the driving force of the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra a 30-piece contemporary chamber orchestra. Based in Burlington, Ontario, BNMO specialize in a broad-based non-classical repertoire.

“The loud ‘n’ proud show, aptly titled Randy Bachman Symphonic Overdrive featured two full sets of the Winnipeg-born artist’s hits arranged by acclaimed Canadian conductor/arranger Charles Cozens, who also joined Bachman onstage on keyboard.

Many of the orchestral arrangements, arguably, were window dressing for the band, with a few exceptions being a stylized You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, and lushly harmonized string sections during Let it Ride.  Takin Care of Business now guised as a Texas shuffle also closed the two-hour show that also included Laughing, No Time and Undun.”

Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press
re: Randy Bachman’s Symphonic Overdrive